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Celebrate Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River Saturday November 3rd

NEBO, NC {October 29, 2018) — This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. In celebration, the US Forest Service, Trout Unlimited, and other public and private partners are hosting a public event at the Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River in Caldwell County this Saturday, November 3, 2018.

Joey Franklin fishing at Wilson Creek on 04-21-2016…Joey loved camping and fishing at Wilson Creek.

The day-long event will recognize the history of Wilson Creek and its designation as a Wild and Scenic River, while bringing attention to future opportunities to improve and protect this special place.

A river festival will take place from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm at the Wilson Creek Visitors Center at 7805 Brown Mountain Beach Road, Collettsville, NC. The festival will feature exhibits from local organizations, fly-fishing demonstrations, live music, and food vendors.

Stewardship events will be held prior to the river festival from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. Volunteers will gather at the Wilson Creek Visitor Center at 9:00 am to participate in trail work or river clean-up projects.

  • River Trash Clean-up of the Wilson Creek Gorge in partnership with the River Management Society, American Rivers and American Whitewater.
  • Trail work on the Wilson Ridge Trail in partnership with the Northwest North Carolina Mountain Bike Alliance.
  • Trail work on the Harper Creek Trail in partnership with Wild South and Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards.
  • Trash Clean up in partnership with A Clean Wilson Creek (10 am start).

Wilson Creek was designated as a Wild and Scenic River in 2000. The headwaters of the river start below Grandfather Mountain and flow 23 miles to the John’s River in Caldwell County. Come join us in a celebration of this special place!

For more information visit the Trout Unlimited Facebook Event page or contact the Grandfather District office at 828-652-2144.